Wednesday, March 05, 2008

McCain Wins GOP Nomination

The race for the Republican nomination for president is finally over, as Arizona Sen. John McCain secured enough delegates to win the top spot on the ticket.

"The contest begins tonight," McCain said in his victory speech, referring to the upcoming battle against a still-to-be determined Democratic opponent.

"I want to thank all of you here and all the Republicans, independents and independent-thinking Democrats, in all parts of the country, who supported our campaign for the nomination and have brought us across the finish line first, an accomplishment that once seemed to more than a few doubters unlikely."


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had refused to suspend his campaign, finally called it quits and phoned McCain to inform him of his decision.

"I extended to him not only my congratulations, but my commitment to him and to the party to do everything possible to unite our party, but more importantly to unite our country, so that we can be the best nation we can be – not for ourselves, but for the future generations to whom we owe everything, just as we owe previous generations all that they have done for us," Huckabee said.


McCain noted in his speech:
"Now we begin the most important part of our campaign: to make a respectful, determined and convincing case to the American people that our campaign and my election as president, given the alternatives presented by our friends in the other party, are in the best interests of the country we love. ... Our campaign must be, and will be, more than another tired debate of false promises, empty sound bites or useless arguments from the past that address not a single American's concerns for their family's security."


McCain, 71, gained the 1,191 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination with a series of primary victories. President Bush has invited him to the White House tomorrow for a show of support.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Angelina Jolie: "we cannot afford to squander the progress"

Recently Angelina Jolie wrote an article that was published in the opinion section of the Wahington Post entilted "Staying To Help Iraq".
In the article Jolie stated,
"What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made."
She goes on to say that we should step up our financial and material assistance.

The progress that she refers to is the progress made by the "surge" that has been effective in recent months in reducing our military losses and increasing security overall in Iraq. She met with Gen. David Petraeus and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. She even talked with American troops. Jolie feels that our recent success in Iraq has paved the way for increased humanitarian assistance and has asked for more money and effort in that area.

"As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs"
, reported Jolie.

Jolie is not only an actress but is a humanitarian activist and a United Nations good will ambassador. She works with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Her article is about the Iraqi refugees still in Iraq and those that fled the country. It is her opinion that we have now reached a point in Iraq where humanitarian assistance can be effective.

Refreshing: Someone from HollyWeird that makes some sense.

Why Barack Obama Should Not Be President

HE PLANS TO DISARM AMERICA !

A premature withdrawal from Iraq, giving al Qaeda a huge victory and giving terrorists a base from which to attack America, Europe, and Israel. An end to developing a missile defense system to protect us from missile attack, and "deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal." Cutting billions of dollars in programs needed to modernize our Army so it remains the most powerful force on earth.

This is Senator Barack Obama's plan for a national "defense" in his own words:



We've seen drastic reductions in our military capabilities from liberal administrations before, with disastrous results. In 1996, defense spending in America was fully 40% lower than in 1985 under Ronald Reagan. These cuts led to a loss of air and sea lift capability, reduced research and development in new technologies, and the delay or cancellation of critical modernization programs. As a result, when America was attacked in 2001, former Reagan Administration Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said that defense cuts had been so severe that our capability to fight the War on Terror had been greatly diminished. We are still paying the price for that "holiday from history."

At a time when we face increasingly hostile rogue nations like Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, which are actively seeking or supporting those who seek nuclear weapons to threaten the United States and its allies, it makes no sense to pursue a policy of disarmament. We must maintain a strong nuclear deterrent, including a robust arsenal and defense shield, and modernize our military to protect America.

Networks Minimize Good News From Iraq

One year ago, the main stream news media depicted the "Surge" in Iraq as a certain failure.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews said on January 10, 2007:

"A lot of people are going to go to bed tonight terrified,"

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski said on the January 8, 2007 Nightly News:

"Many experts warn, it's too little, too late,"
The next morning on NBC's Today, the network's graphic describing Iraq was:
"Lost Cause?"

NBC's Tim Russert hinted that the main stream news media was not interested in covering a successful U.S. mission in Iraq, telling anchor Brian Williams:
"with the surge in Iraq and the level of American deaths declining, it is off the front pages."


Is a lack of successful "Surge" coverage a huge favor to the Democrats ? After all, the lack of coverage of the success leaves the Democrats with not having to explain their opposition to the successful "Surge".

One has to wonder if the "Surge" was not successful, would John McCain have been given a pass by the main stream news media or would he have been deluged with criticism for his support of the "Surge"?

I think most know the answer to that question.